In warm weather, backyard decks function as open-air rooms—and that additional square footage makes it an attractive feature for buyers. Wood decks cost less to install, but if you opt for composite materials like Trex, EverGrain, or TimberTech, you'll save time on maintenance—and be able to add a bit more to the asking price come sale time.
A common rule of architecture is that if you can't build out, build up. Homeowners can capitalize on this principle by adding an attic bedroom, growing skyward to make the most of their living space. Just be sure to add insulation to keep the room cozy in all weather and install proper flooring material to deaden the sound between floors.
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Ask a realtor—beautiful kitchens sell homes. Because modern, functional kitchens are a top priority for home buyers, make sure your remodel focuses on sure-to-please components like strategic storage, new cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances, and durable, easy-to-clean countertops. If you can't afford to go all out, even a minor kitchen renovation will help boost your home value.
Related: 7 Ways to Skimp on a Kitchen Remodel
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Having too few bathrooms in a house spells trouble for even the closest, most companionable families. Maybe that's why home buyers look more favorably on listings that have a roughly equal number of bedrooms and bathrooms. So, if you can swing it, plan for a full bathroom or half-bath addition. If there's no space to add a bathroom, renovating an existing bath is a close runner-up in terms of adding home value.
Related: 7 Ways to Skimp on a Bathroom Renovation
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When considering possible renovations, don't forget what's right underfoot: your basement. A basement has virtually unlimited potential—you can transform a musty, unfinished space into a home theater, workout space, or rec room, complete with pool table and wet bar. Whatever you decide, a finished basement will command a higher asking price when it's time to put your house on the market.
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Home Office Space
A home office may not be a necessity for every home buyer, but this small amenity can boost your home value—even if you simply end up remodeling a closet to squeeze an office into your house. When planning your home office, pay attention to lighting, storage space—and security.
Related: 10 Space-Smart Ways to Squeeze In a Home Office
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Vinyl Siding Replacement
What homeowner doesn't want easy maintenance? For that, you can’t beat vinyl siding, which offers significant benefits in cost, value, protection, and durability. Today’s vinyl siding is available in myriad designs, textures, and colors. You can even find vinyl siding that simulates the appearance of wood or shake siding—so you get the look without the upkeep.
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If you're interested in more about renovations, consider:
Renovating a Small Kitchen? 10 Questions to Ask Before You Begin
Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back
7 "Money Pit" Home Improvements You Might Regret
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